Manu’s Shooting Slump Continues, Spurs Win
Manu Ginobili was the shining example of the Spurs in Game 3. He didn’t lead the game in scoring, assists, rebounds, or steals. But he contributed in various, expansive ways. Nineteen points on just nine shots, seven rebounds, five assists, and a steal. He helped weather the storm in the first quarter. He came up big when they needed it. He changed the pace, and he grabbed offensive rebounds, even off of missed Spurs free throws. It was everything. It was the Spurs.
“He hasn’t been shooting the ball well, but he’s such a competitor,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He knows that there are other things that he can do in the game. He’s had some games where he’s had a lot of assists and he’s hitting the boards a lot.
“Manu’s boards and overall basketball knowledge and play are really important to use, even if he’s not shooting it well.”
The Spurs have now taken a commanding lead, and done so winning three different types of games. Ginobili credited his team’s toughness and versatility with coming out on top each time.
“Yeah, very different wins, different type of games, and as you said, it’s just a lot about who we are and how we do it now.”